Ar Hardik Shah, Principal Architect, Studio Lagom, Surat

Ar Hardik Shah, Principal Architect, Studio Lagom, Surat - Indian Architectural Landscape in Surat

“Forgive me, but sometimes I need my solitude to create.” — Geoffrey Bawa.

After working at various architectural studios across the country, I was faced with an internal struggle—to work as I was, or to realize my own vision of a well-managed architectural practice. I chose the latter, and Studio Lagom came into being. Our practice exists to challenge the Indian architectural landscape that is still quite unorganized, where ‘layers of materials’ have ruled over ‘purity of materials’. We believe in architecture that gives importance to the beauty of each material, by creating the right balance between less and more. We believe in creating a form that not only follows function but creates spaces for lifestyles and cultures.

At our studio, caring is the culture. We believe that each building demands care, because each building is unique by way of its users, setting, function, and more. Every process needs to be followed through rigorously, in order to create something that is in harmony with nature. We like to infuse natural elements into spaces.

Our process is rooted in the eye for detail. Detailing out each element of the plan first, we move to on-site execution. At times, as the site progresses, new perspectives may demand a further round of detailing, which would lead to new solutions. We believe that without this kind of time spent on detail, we cannot do proper justice to the project at hand.

Our studio is an ever-evolving space. The seed that was sown in 2011 has now grown from a sapling to a tree. Years of dedicated work and nature to curate beautiful art has resulted in a space that is soothing and inspiring at the same time. Ideas can be conceived here easily because the space enables one to think—after all, that is the function.

Today, our practice is involved in creating beautiful residences, compelling retail spaces, sustainable furniture, experiential restaurants, inspiring institutional spaces, and more. 

As we struggle through the unknown, we only see the beautiful future that is not less than nature itself, and not more.

We are Studio Lagom.

Read about a fabulous project by Ar Hardik Shah in the October Issue of Surfaces Reporter Magazine.


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